Engine Mechanical problem
1996 Dodge Neon 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 144000 miles
This one gets a bit complicated, so we'll go back and forth I'm sure. A few months ago my car started hitching and stuttering really badly. On my way to get the system scanned the car died completely. The engine turns over, but I was getting no fuel. After going to replace the fuel pump, I found enough rust on the tank to warrant replacing the whole unit (I'm not giving up my car. I can't afford another one).
Before going further I have to say that I could not find a new metal tank that also had the nozzle to connect the neck to the tank itself, and mine broke when I went to remove it, so I switched to plastic. I thought this would be possible since the fuel filter/pressure regulators are both types are non electric and fitting the systems together seemed very doable. The pump is used (it came in the tank, but seemed to work fine).
When I installed the new tank/filter/pump and put a couple gallons in, I turned the key and heard the new pump kick in for about 1 second, then shut off. Tried turning the key and I still get turnover, but no gas. A second check of the fuel pressure shows nothing. I checked the line all the way back to the fuel pressure regulator and the whole thing is clear (I used an air hose). The PCM in my vehicle has died in the past and I'm suspicious of it now, since it's not throwing errors anymore.
So ultimately the question is: where should I go now?
have the same problem?
Thursday, July 15th, 2010 AT 2:57 PM